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Trip Report TR- A jaunt to Paris March 15

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This trip was a consolidation prize for having to give up a trip to China due to the acquisition of my company. We were going to be frugal, not spend the exorbitant amount the China trip was going to cost and save money against the possibility of my getting laid off. Well, the layoff didn’t seem to be in the near future so we decided to treat ourselves to almost a week in Paris.

The impetus for Paris (other than the fact that we love it and try to get there every March) was the 57,000 points we had in our Air France account due to a cancellation of my ticket two years ago. We had almost enough points with Amex to buy two round trip tickets so we did!! Two round trip tickets cost us $695 after the transfer of points and purchase of the few we were short. So we were good to go and just needed an apartment.

Usually I find a million places that I would love to stay in but this time the pickings seemed slim. I really wish that the VRBO would add a field for elevator!! Many times I would find an ideal apartment only to realize that it was on the 6th floor French with no elevator- too much for us at this age. We settled on an apartment in the 6th on the same street we had stayed on two years ago with my sister & BIL. It was through Vacation in Paris and the whole process couldn’t have been easier.

We flew out of Boston on Tuesday March 24th on a packed Air France flight. $695 only pays for steerage but it does get you to Paris. Once there we took the Air France bus to Montparnasse and walked from there.

We got into the building and dragged everything up two flights of stairs. The key was under the mat as we had been informed. The apartment was small, clean and bright. We had only a few minor issues which were lack of storage space and the addition of the towel warmer (a nice touch) impacted sitting on the toilet. They should have put it up a few inches. Otherwise we were fine. The Wi-Fi worked so I was able to connect to work when needed.

For the first time my DH was traveling with a smart phone. He was really gung ho with loading a bunch of apps. We had some issues with getting the maps to work and general male cursing and huffing about it. Didn’t get too lost but had to ask for directions to get to dinner one night.

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